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Trump slump hits travel to USA


Interest in travel to US is down around the world
As US president Trump seeks to reinstate his executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, travel intelligence firm Forwardkeys has found that the ban has deterred travel from other countries too, TTG Asia writes.
In the week after the executive order was signed, until February 4, net bookings issued from the countries directly affected by the ban (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) were down 80% on the same period last year.
In international trends in bookings to the US overall – excluding China and Hong Kong because of the seasonal effect from Chinese New Year – there is a 6.5% negative variation compared with the same period the year before.
Bookings are down in Northern Europe (-6.6%), Western Europe (-13.6%), Southern Europe (-2.9%), the Middle East (-37.5%) and Asia-Pacific (-14%). Even after benchmarking against total outbound traffic from these region, the US still lost market share in all cases.
Demand for the US from Central and Eastern Europe and the Americas are both up, by 15.8% and 2.3%, respectively. But total outbound travel from these two regions is also up, by 12% from Central and Eastern Europe and 4.8% from the Americas, making the increase in travel to the US less impressive.
Total international bookings to the US for the coming three months are currently 2.3% ahead of last year. Just eight days before, they were running 3.4% ahead.
TTG Asia


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